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Dexter City Council Virtual Meeting

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As always, there is two possibilities for unorganized public participation: one towards the start of the meeting and one towards the end of the meeting. Those who notify the municipal office before 5:00 p.m. on the Monday of the week preceding the meeting will be placed on the agenda under a pre-established participation.

Towards the start of the meeting we will hear Theo Eggermont, Washtenaw County Public Works Manager regarding the Washtenaw Regional Resource Management Authority (WRRMA) Quality Improvement Grant Program. The package includes a presentation outlining WRRMA’s goal of reduce the contamination of recyclable materials by 40% by implementing a targeted education and audit effort in the City this summer. Education and awareness of residents will be done through various media. Individual bins will be inspected and residents will receive feedback on their recyclables.

Jim McCargar, City Resident will share his thoughts on the changes to the text of the city’s zoning ordinance regarding self-storage units. See below for more details on the proposed text changes.

Following the first opportunity for unorganized participation, Council will consider the Mayor’s recommendation to appoint Joe Semifero to fill the Council seat vacated by Julie Knight (term ending November 2022). See the package for the mayor’s full recommendation and a description of the process for filling the vacant position.

The Council will consider and discuss the following points (with clarifying extracts from the package):

  • Bond authorizing the issuance of 2021 Capital Improvement Bonds for the purchase of 3515 Broad Street (Justin Breyer, Interim City Manager and City Clerk)
    • The Town of Dexter has entered into a purchase agreement to purchase a property located at 3515 Broad Street for the location of the town’s offices (media coverage here).
    • According to the discussion with Tom Colis at the May 10, 2021 meeting, the attached resolution identifies the following parameters for the obligation: $ 2,500,000 bond issue; a series of tax-exempt bond issues; 20-year payback period; and an option to redeem or prepay bonds from 2032.
  • Bond issue and subscription fees in an amount not exceeding $ 65,500 (Justin Breyer, Interim City Manager and City Clerk)
    • At the April 12, 2021 meeting, city council approved a series of due diligence service proposals to assess the purchase of 3515 Broad St. With city council approval of the resolution authorizing the bonds, the board will also need to approve the costs associated with issuing and underwriting the bonds. As noted on the attached Baker Tilly page, these costs total $ 65,500.
  • Adoption of the resolution on the 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Plan (PIC) of the Town of Dexter (Mike Auerbach, Assistant Planner)
    • The PIC is a program that projects and coordinates public spending to improve transportation and utility systems, facilities and other assets over a six-year period. The Planning Commission prepares and updates the CIP on an annual basis under the Enabling Planning Act (PA 33 of 2008), as amended. The goal of the Planning Commission is for the ICP to be used as a tool to implement the City’s master plan and help prepare the budget for the coming fiscal year.
    • See a summary table starting on page 151 of the package for more details.
  • Amendments to the Text of the Self-Storage Facilities Zoning Ordinance (Mike Auerbach, Assistant Planner)
    • Council is to consider the changes recommended by the Planning Commission to the Town of Dexter Zoning Ordinance that would establish self-storage facilities as a special land use in Limited Industrial District I-1, subject to certain conditions.
    • See the package for more details, including summaries of previous public comments regarding these changes.
  • Conflict of Interest Ordinance (Justin Breyer, Interim City Manager and City Clerk)
    • According to section 5.06 of the city charter: The use of public office for private gain or the appearance of private gain is prohibited. The city council implements this ban by ordinance. This order must include a statement of intent and must provide for reasonable public disclosure of finances by officials and staff who contribute to the decision to make significant monetary expenditures, the selection of contractors and regulatory matters, and to the extent permitted by state law, provides for fines. and imprisonment for violations.
  • Request from the Dexter area fire department regarding the temporary installations of the fire station (Justin Breyer, Interim City Manager and City Clerk and Michelle Aniol, Manager of Community Development)
    • Dexter Area Fire Chief Robert Smith has prepared a memorandum and supporting information regarding the temporary installations of the Dexter City Fire Hall.
    • According to Chef Smith’s memo:
      • “… living and working conditions at the Dexter City fire station are significantly lower than (sic) generally recognized minimum standards that do not comply with applicable building and fire codes. […] The proposed temporary structure is a 24 ‘by 60’ modular building with a custom interior. […] an initial installation estimate of approximately $ 54,045 and a monthly rental fee of $ 7,450 per month for this project. […] I stress that this should be seen as a temporary resolution to the current problem (sic) and will not stand the test of time. I urge the city council to consider this temporary option to improve the working and living conditions of our firefighters.

Program of the meeting: https://www.dextermi.gov/City_Council/2021/Agendas/2021-05-24-CC-A.pdf

Meeting package: https://www.dextermi.gov/City_Council/2021/Packets/2021-05-24-CC-P.pdf

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